Midwest Sprint Series Kopellah Speedway opener

Newsgroups: rec.autos.sport.info Organization: motorsport.com, inc. Approved: jackd@motorsport.com Followup-To: rec.autos.sport.misc Date: Mon, 08 May 2000 02:53:29 -0500 Subject: MSS: Midwest Sprint Series Kopellah Speedway opener A ...

Newsgroups: rec.autos.sport.info Organization: motorsport.com, inc. Approved: jackd@motorsport.com Followup-To: rec.autos.sport.misc Date: Mon, 08 May 2000 02:53:29 -0500 Subject: MSS: Midwest Sprint Series Kopellah Speedway opener

A record-setting crowd crammed into the grandstands and even overflowed onto the hills overlooking the tracks and the service roads encircling the track to see Kent Winters from Butterfield, MN take home the victory in the opener for the MSS Series at Kopellah Speedway in St. Croix Falls, WI.

Winters, a veteran of sprint competition and co-owner of Fast Wings, started the feature on the outside of the front row and quickly moved past polesitter Joe Kouba on lap 2. The move was negated, however, by a red flag for an easy rollover by Ehren Layton. Layton, of St. Louis Park, MN, rolled while trying to avoid a tangle between Al Hargrave and Roger Rager.

On the restart, Winters flung his #23w to the high side in turn one and shot past Kouba to take the lead. Meanwhile, veteran Roger Rager was advancing quickly from the back of the field and was beginning to put the pressure on the leaders. Following a bold inside move by Rager to get passed Kouba for second, a yellow flag was shown when Greg Kamrath lost a wheel in turn 4. The cars of Rick Sorem and Hargrave tangled while trying to avoid the stalled car. All three cars were finished for the evening.

With just 8 laps to go, Winters led the shortened field to the green flag and quickly put distance between himself and Rager. Winters held on for his first victory of the season followed by Rager, Joe Kouba, Spike Lempelius, and Joe's son, Joseph Kouba. Rookie John Nelson making his first ever appearance in a sprint car was sixth with John Franzen, Tony Grams, Al Hargrave, and Rick Sorem rounding out the top ten. Heat races were won by Winters, Lempelius, and Joe Kouba won the Dash for Cash. Rager took home an additional $200 for being the hard-charger from 'superfan' and journalist, Greg Parent,

The MSS now takes two weeks off before heading back to Kopellah Speedway on Friday, May 26th. Following that race, the series moves to the Fairmont Raceway on Friday, June 2nd for their next event.

MSS OPENER: KOPELLAH SPEEDWAY, ST. CROIX FALLS, WI MAY 5TH,2000

Heat 1: 1. Kent Winters 2. Rick Sorem 3. Ehren Layton 4. Al Hargrave 5. Tom Kamrath 6. John Nelson 7. Greg Kamrath

Heat 2: 1. Spike Lempelius 2. Tony Grams 3. Joe Kouba 4. Gene Kelly 5. Roger Rager 6.John Franzen 7.Johnnie Parsons III

Dash: 1. Joe Kouba 2. Kent Winters 3. Tony Grams 4. Rick Sorem 5. Spike Lempelius 6. Ehren Layton

A-Main: 1. Winters 2. Rager 3. Joe Kouba 4. Lempelius 5. Joseph Kouba 6. Nelson 7. Franzen 8. Grams 9. Hargrave 10. Sorem 11. Greg Kamrath 12 Tom Kamrath 13. Kelly 14. Layton 15 Parson III

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